Monday, December 19, 2005

Uplifting News!

Well, I am over that memo that I wrote about in the last post. Why? Because I have brilliant students. I just got through with my monthly reading assessments. The results are as follows:

5 of my kids are reading above grade level.
7 are at grade level
5 are below but in this group 2 of them jumped 5 levels from last month's assessment.

Basically, 12 kids are where they need to be at this time of the year. For my school, and my group of kids, that is awesome. Last year I had 12 in a group but they were all below grade level at this time!

The best part of the morning though was sitting with one student in particular. This little kid was so eager to read to me. Now I have struggled to make school exciting for this child all year long. He needs to be entertained to learn and let me tell you - I have been tap dancing as hard as I can for him!!! Anyway, he started to read for me today and what a changed person he is. He read with good fluency, great expression and accuracy. He is a few levels below grade level but he is coming along. As soon as he was done reading he looked up at me with the BIGGEST smile ever. He was so proud of himself. He said "How was that Ms.V?" I wanted to cry I was so proud!!! I gave him a big hug and sent him to the office on a "good" visit to the principal. Yeah for progress!


GuusjeM said...'s moments like that that make teaching worthwhile! Enjoy your glow, you've earned it!

MsAbcMom said...

Thanks. I tell you I was flying high today after that moment. I still am pretty charged about it!

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Dearest Kelly, Congratulations!!! My mom is una profesora de kinder, and my dad a College Prof. I know how important is to have a great guide, teacher and friend. Abrazos amiga!

MsAbcMom said...

Is you mom teaching in Panama? I have been considering looking into teaching jobs there. I have many questions...

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Kelly, my mom is retiring this year. I really think you wont have any proplem finding a job in a private American school. We have many in Panama City. Will e-mail you about it. Hugs!